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Happy 98th Birthday, Dorothy!

JW and Amélie visit with an old lady and are given back much more than they themselves gave................ “Happy 98th Birthday,Dorothy!" We had just finished a ninety-minute set. I was drenched, wiping my brow with a blue…
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Tuck Everlasting

A poignant life story from John Ratliff: Tuck Everlasting  A recent production value of summer theater group’s matinee performance of the heart-warming musical, Tuck Everlasting, rivaled that of the original broadway show. The young…
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"Cena": The Board of Directors' Dinner

The Cena (Italian for Dinner) was the second evening event purchased at the 2018 Sunset in Tuscany Gala. The first event was the "Apericena" already mentioned in an earlier post on our website. John Ratliff and his daughter Amélie performed…
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Concert under the stars

  Concert under the stars We picked our tickets up at the main gate. “Go straight for three miles and then turn right. Follow that road until you arrive at the village, someone will direct you.” “Thank you ma’am.”…
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Volunteering - The Heart of Memory Matters

An essay from Volunteer, JW, about a fellow Volunteer, Mike Cooke . . . Volunteer Mike Mike was there the very first time we played at Memory Matters. As we were setting up, he came over and kindly offered me the use of his guitar stand, which…
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Full Moon Shift

A very funny story from JW who recalls one of his Mom's nursing adventures! Full Moon Shift There were a few nurses in the audience yesterday. In between songs I was talking about the full moon and how my Mother, who was nurse, always…
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Practice

Please enjoy another heartfelt short essay from Volunteer John Ratliff a/k/a JW. Although he does not name the violinist one can imagine he is writing about his beautiful and talented daughter Amélie! Practice She stood alone in front…
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Paperboy

Another interesting life story from the pen of John Ratliff, a/k/a, "JW." Paperboy  When I was a kid I sold papers on the steps of our local church on Sunday mornings. We lived outside of Boston at the time and during those cold New…
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Clair de Lune 

I realize I no longer have to introduce John Ratliff, a/k/a JW, but I must admit, in introducing this short essay I am a little concerned with his use of the word "precocious!" It can mean forward or smart which are perfectly good synonyms,…
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Butterfly Wings

I am pleased to publish a super short essay from Volunteer John, aka JW! For those of us who have lived on or nearby Hilton Head Island for a number of years the airport has garnered mixed opinions and reviews, but it is part of the infrastructure.…